Jessica Roy writes for Time that the professorsâ€”experts in toxicology and bacteriologyâ€”found the ten most popular books at the Antwerp library and screened them for germs and other substances. All ten of the titles ended up testing positive for traces of cocaine, which suggests that Belgian library patrons are having just the BEST time when they borrow, say, Wuthering Heights or the latest offering from Sue Grafton. In all seriousness, Roy reports that the drug wasnâ€™t present in large enough quantities for unsuspecting patrons to feel any effects, but they could end up testing positive for cocaine.
The copies of 50 Shades of Grey, meanwhile, produced even cringe-inducing results, in the form of the herpes virus. E.L. Jamesâ€™s wildly popular erotic novel apparently tested positive for traces of the virus, albeit in minimal enough quantities that the professors assure that thereâ€™s no public health risk and no possibility of contracting the STD from contact with the book.